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Proper English Cottage Pie

Reviewed: Dec. 12, 2012
This is a lovely adaptable recipe that can incorporate ingredients one may have on hand. Today, I had a large piece of roast beef to use so I tried it in this recipe. I also added frozen peas to add to the veggie content and some cubes of frozen garlic scapes (because we grow garlic)! The suggested spicing was perfect for us - spicing, of course, should be to one's individual taste... With ground beef, this recipe will take me back to holidays in Britain when we had cottage pie in pubs quite a bit! This is a lovely dish and I will be making it again. Like so many good recipes, the results will always be different - depending on what we have... Thanks for this.
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Chocolate Applesauce Cake III

Reviewed: Mar. 2, 2013
I have been baking & cooking for many decades. I've baked many chocolate cakes in my time. This recipe produced the best chocolate cake I've ever made. The secret, of course, is the applesauce. Applesauce makes a cake deliciously moist, not dry and lacking in substance. I took one reviewer's advice, and increased the cocoa to 1/4 cup and added a teaspoon of cinnamon. I suspect the basic recipe could be adapted many ways - instead of chocolate chips on top, it could have actual icing. Also, it could become a lovely spice cake - it doesn't even need to be chocolate. I tried this recipe only because I had applesauce and wanted to use it - so I googled 'applesauce' and this recipe popped up. What a lucky discovery!
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Arroz con Leche

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2013
Absolutely delicious rice pudding! Creamy with just the right amount of sweetness. This recipe makes a lot!
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Nanna's Banana Bread

Reviewed: Mar. 13, 2013
Lovely moist banana bread! I followed the recipe exactly, baked it in my countertop convection oven with excellent results. The recipe is super fast and easy! Mashing bananas up to make banana bread is kind of messy...blending them with the wet ingredients is much less so... Flavourings were excellent and could be adapted to taste.
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Cheddar Pudding

Reviewed: Mar. 16, 2013
I decided to try this recipe for a quick Saturday night dinner. The recipe was easy and, best of all, the ingredients were mostly available in my pantry. Because I didn't have bacon, I sliced up and sautéed 3 small onions, because we love onions & they're good for you. I also used multigrain bread but omitted the buttering because we don't need extra fat. Still, the dish turned out very well and was delicious. A note about the sherry... It would be a shame to leave it out. It imparts a lovely flavour to the dish. It's reason enough to keep a bottle of sherry on hand! Thanks for this marvellous dinner idea. Bread pudding isn't just dessert!
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Mango Blueberry Muffins With Coconut Streusel

Reviewed: Mar. 17, 2013
These muffins are absolutely delicious! Even my husband, who doesn't like mangos, likes these. The only change I made was to reduce the sugar slightly, reducing it by 1/2 cup. The fruit has so much flavour! The blueberries tasted very fresh and the mango gave a rich underlying taste. Just fantastic! I'll be making these for my quilting group next time I need to bring 'the lunch'!
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Cheryl's Spinach Cheesy Pasta Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 18, 2013
We tried this dish because it looked like a fast and easy supper, would be delicious and good for us. This recipe was all these things! I love incorporating spinach in pasta. My husband loves lots of tomato sauce. This dish satisfied both our preferences. It makes good use of foods that are probably already in one's pantry. It makes enough to serve quite a few people and, like all good recipes, is adaptable. There's no fussing making a sauce, good for a speedy dinner and this would be very kid friendly. I may take this to my next potluck! Thanks for this!
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Dutch Leek Casserole

Reviewed: Mar. 21, 2013
I wanted to try this casserole for two reasons, besides sounding delicious... First of all, I liked that many vegetables were incorporated into this dish and there was no added fat. Also, I remember dining in a Dutch household many years ago. I think the dish was potatoes and kale mashed together with other ingredients and I absolutely loved it. My husband and I love leeks so that was another reason for trying this. This recipe was fantastic! It was a bit of a job putting it together but well worth it since we like leftovers. It was very satisfying on a cold day and the ham and cheese added a lot of flavour. Of course, the taste of all those leeks, peppers and potatoes will win me over anytime! Thanks for another great dinner idea!
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Easy Cajun Jambalaya

Reviewed: Mar. 24, 2013
This is an easy and very flavourful jambalaya.. It would be a great base for many versions of this classic dish. We added the cayenne, some 'Cajun garlic' we had bought in Charleston, SC at the market, and liberally splashed tobasco all over it. There was a bit of heat, actually a nice bit of heat! I think tomatoes would add to this, otherwise, it's perfect. I couldn't believe all that flavour came from a few basic ingredients. Again, I think recipes need to be adaptable to the cook's tastes and moods. This recipe fits the bill!
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Easy Cajun Jambalaya - my revisions

Reviewed: Mar. 25, 2013
This is an easy and very flavourful jambalaya.. It would be a great base for many versions of this classic dish. We added the cayenne, some 'Cajun garlic' we had bought in Charleston, SC at the market, and liberally splashed tobasco all over it. There was a bit of heat, actually a nice bit of heat! I think tomatoes would add to this, otherwise, it's perfect. I couldn't believe all that flavour came from a few basic ingredients. Again, I think recipes need to be adaptable to the cook's tastes and moods. This recipe fits the bill!
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Haystacks

Reviewed: Mar. 26, 2013
It's sometimes very satisfying to return to the tastes of the 1970's. Back in those days, we were just married and establishing our culinary skills. I used to make tacos, just like this with mashed up kidney beans and the usual toppings. We really enjoyed them then, and we still do! This is easier than the taco shells that used to break as soon as one bit into them. The taste evokes the memories of that time. All those fresh veggie toppings are still very healthy and the fact this is a veggie alternative is very good, especially as we approach our more senior years. This dish is going back into our dinner time routine. Thanks!
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Chicken Paprikash II

Reviewed: Mar. 30, 2013
I tried this recipe and it makes a lot - enough for another dinner. Instead of cutting up a whole chicken, I used what I had - boneless, skinless chicken thighs. It didn't need such long cooking. The sauce was delicious, but in my opinion needed some help with herbs. I added dill and lovage. That's what I like about cooking, adapting recipes to wherever your tastes bring you. This made a very good chicken paprikash.
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Lemon Cheesecake

Reviewed: Apr. 2, 2013
This makes an excellent cheesecake. I didn't follow the recipe exactly...I used 2 eggs rather than egg substitute, since I prefer using real eggs. Also, I added some lemon rind. Except for those two changes, I followed the recipe exactly and the result was a gorgeous cheesecake. The texture was nice and creamy without feeling heavy. It was nicely semi sweet, leaving flavour room for a topping of one's choice. We used a strawberry topping but most fruit could be used with this cheesecake recipe since lemon goes with almost anything. I will definitely be making this again! Thanks for this recipe.
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Banana Crumb Muffins

Reviewed: Apr. 5, 2013
Very sinful tasting banana muffins! They were very good, even with using only 2 bananas since that was all I had... I found the crumb topping made a lot. I only needed about half of the crumb mixture. Still, they make a lovely treat when ripe bananas are around begging to be used!
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Waikiki Meatballs

Reviewed: Apr. 7, 2013
This was a very yummy dinner, very much like what I remember back in the 60's... Sometimes it's nice to go down memory lane. I cheated a bit and used frozen meatballs from the supermarket but added more veggies - onions, red pepper and celery. It was delicious! The sauce turned out very well... A great choice for dinner and/or potlucks.
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Quick and Easy Pancit

Reviewed: Apr. 9, 2013
I had no idea what pancit was. I've never seen it on a restaurant menu so I wanted to try it. From the recipe, I could tell it would be Asian and healthy which is always a plus for dinner plans. We had it for dinner tonight & it was very good in spite of, or perhaps because of, the simple ingredients. What a fresh tasting, satisfying meal! The only thing I will do differently next time is soak the rice noodles a bit longer. They had a tendency to stick together... Other than the aforementioned kitchen malfunction on my part, this is excellent & I'll make it again. Thanks for the great dinner idea!
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Classic Dinner Rolls

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2013
These rolls are an easy quick dinner roll. They would be good for immediate consumption, but they don't stay fresh for long. I use another tried and true recipe for pull-apart rolls that I've made forever. They use the regular yeast, not the quick rise. I think my old recipe makes a superior, better textured roll. In future, I think I'll stay with the bread making methods I started with... Of course, nothing could be better than freshly made homemade rolls, no matter what method!
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Split Pea and Ham Soup II

Reviewed: Apr. 14, 2013
We tried this recipe after Easter, when we had a ham bone to use up. This is a simple recipe with simple ingredients that's absolutely delicious. It's very much like my mother's pea soup. It brought back those pleasant childhood memories. This is an excellent soup to have on a cold day!
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Brazilian Black Bean Stew

Reviewed: Apr. 16, 2013
This black bean stew is absolutely delicious. I was attracted to this recipe because of all the colourful fruit and veggies. The flavour is unbelievably fantastic! Apart from the chorizo sausage, garlic and hot pepper, I put no seasonings in this stew, yet it had a very satisfying complex flavour. It really didn't even need salt. The colour of the dish made it feel like a celebration! Appearance is everything to me and this certainly didn't disappoint. My husband enjoyed this too. This recipe is a keeper! Thanks for sharing this.
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Wyoming Stew

Reviewed: Apr. 23, 2013
I tried this recipe on a Monday - to use up what was left of Sunday's roast beef. This recipe is very tasty. We both loved the flavour. Unfortunately, I was rushed when making it so it didn't turn out as I imagined. It seemed very soupy. The reason for that could have been because I was using cooked beef. I basically just had to heat everything up. Longer cooking would have resulted in less liquid. When I make it again using leftover roast beef, I'll omit the chicken broth. If I make it with stewing beef, I'll add chicken broth. Anyway, this was very good and I'll make it again. It was perfect or a cold and rainy day!
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